My boy Brooklyn Shanti dropped a new song 33 1/3 that makes me want to fly to Brooklyn to give him a big ‘ole thirtysomething hug. The song is off the Someplace Called Brooklyn forthcoming release "Life Imitates Art."
Sheila Bringi and Clinton Jackson at Devi Fest in Venice. Look for her forthcoming album this February.
A fusion of culture visually comes into play in the “Bumper” video, which he directed, styled, and helped choreograph. The dancers and models stem from different backgrounds and perform hip-hop, twerking, waacking, and wushu—a Chinese martial art—to add to the cool chaos of the video, all played out in classic black and white. But to make sure things don’t get too serious, that’s where the youngin’s in the video come in. “Everyone has that internal child in them that just wants to have fun, no matter how old they may be,” Arshad says. “The babies in the video represent innocence, about being oblivious and just getting down.” [link]
You can download his latest album “Knockout” which dropped in October 2013, and you can catch his newly dropped Catching Fire inspired song Spark right here.
There’s a burgeoning scene of local Nepali hip hop, and yes, there are women in the mix. Check it out…
I’ve been lightweight following Jason Joseph over the years, mainly because I’m friends with the OTHER musician LA Jayson Joseph. At the Falu concert last week, I finally got the chance to meet the Jason. Turns out he’s an LA regular and the Monday house band at Hollywood’s Hotel Cafe. JJ and the Spectaculars takes a turn from his original RnB sounds and has that old school big band liveliness to it - the kind that makes you want to get out of your seat and shimmy. Check out his latest video called Another Woman and watch it to the end. You may be surprised.
Today’s thugs can trace their ancestry to the highway robbers who formed the Thuggee Cult of India.
Shout out to the band Thuggee Cult, too!
Diplo and Jahan Lennon
Esperanza Spalding teams up with an all star cast for this song We Are America, in protest of the illegal incarceration of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. (Kinda trying to be We Are the World circa 2013?). Read more here.
Mandeep Sethi goes to the UK and drops an ill freestyle.
Why didn’t anyone tell me how amazing this new Yoko Ono song Bad Dancer is. And how awesome Himanshu Suri (formerly of Das Racist) looks dancing in his kurta with her.
So….Canadian Sikh youtube STAR Superwoman somehow got a hold of the two White Dudes that danced topless to Daler Mehndi….and they did a Part Deux. Seriously.
I got the chance to check out the gorgeous Falu at Hotel Cafe last week, and she definitely impressed. A New York City staple, her LA show was a rare treat. Falu sings with full band, classic ballads from the homeland with a modern twist. She’s full of energy - and it was awesome to here classic songs I grew up with played with a full band and drum kit. Check out this short doc on Falu, and be sure to listen to her latest - you can stream them on soundcloud right now.
Goldspot just dropped their new album Aerogramme. I must admit, I am drawn to this album cover.